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The History Of Battleship Texas State Historic Site In 1 Minute

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Updated: 27 June 2016
The Battleship Texas was part of some of the most significant naval battles of the 20th century during both World War I and World War II. Now, it serves as a memorial along the Houston Ship Channel and welcomes visitors to take a look inside.

Battleship Texas became the first battleship memorial museum in the United States in 1948. That same year, on the anniversary of Texas’ independence, the ship was commissioned as the flagship of the Texas Navy. It’s now anchored in the Houston Ship Channel in La Porte, Texas.

In 1914, Texas was the most powerful weapon in the world. It became the first U.S. battleship to mount anti-aircraft guns and the first to control gunfire with directors and range-keepers. It was also the first U.S. battleship to launch an aircraft, and it received the first commercial radar in the US Navy.

You have the option to explore this historic battleship on your own or with a tour guide. Walking through the halls will take you back into history and will make you feel as if you’re a sailor yourself. From the engine room to the restored sleeping quarters, you will see how the sailors who served on this ship lived while out on the sea.

TIP: The battleship is conveniently located by the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic site, the location where Texas won its independence from Mexico in 1836. You can hit two historic sites with one visit.

Monday – Sunday: 10:00A.M. – 5:00P.M.

Adult (12- 64): $12 | Senior: $6 | Child (5-11): $3 | Child (4 and younger): Free | Military (Active and retired): Free